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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Succesful Homeschooling

Yes, another site I found.. Full of info about parents who are new/looking into homeschooling as an alternative education to their kids. There are many methods to choose too!

Check it out. www.succesful-homeschooling.com.

About Montessori HS:

Montessori Homeschooling

Montessori homeschooling is based on the works of Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor who developed her philosophy of education while working with mentally impaired students. She believed children have a natural desire to learn and are capable of teaching themselves.

A Prepared Environment

Parents prepare carefully designed games and materials, which stimulate the 5 senses, thus catering to all learning styles.

Montessori homeschools focus on the process, not the product, so there are no exams and no grades are given. Learning is a result of a child’s:

  • Self-motivation,
  • Self-direction,
  • Self-discipline, and
  • Use of self-correcting materials.

I find it interesting that many of the materials in a traditional Montessori classroom are designed to mimic the environment of the home.

In addition, Montessori encourages multi age groupings in which younger children observe older children, and older children help younger children. This naturally occurs between siblings in a home environment.

A Parent's Role

A parent’s role in a Montessori homeschool is to maintain the environment, demonstrate activities, and observe children as they freely explore.

Order and routines are emphasized, and parents are encouraged to “never do for a child what he’s capable of doing for himself.” As such, young children are provided with accessible shelves, low hooks and drawers and child-sized materials.

Resources for Further Study

Some of my favorite homeschooling resources are from a Montessori supply company called Montessori Services and their sister site For Small Hands.

Shiller Math provides a homeschool math curriculum that is based on the Montessori method.

For more information on specific Montessori activities, read:

Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years and Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years by Elizabeth Hainstock

I cant wait to show my HS Montessori to my blog readers.. but that have to wait! :)

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